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tonight, not again. this time, two storms hitting tonight on both coasts. and already, turning deadly. the dangerous commutes. the ice, snow and rain. the pileup on an icy highway. alerts at this hour from d.c. to philly to new york. and in the west tonight, evacuations under way right now. heavy rain, high winds expected. ginger zee with the new track on both storms. the white house tonight. will the special counsel, robert mueller, soon be questioning president trump? what we've learned tonight. growing concern this evening amid the deadly flu outbreak in this country. tents set up in the west. emergency rooms packed across the country. where it's hitting hardest and how effective is the flu vaccine? and should you still get it if you haven't already? what surprised us today about that. the urgent manhunt at this hour for a suspect. the deputy killed responding to a 911 call.
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a married father of three. and tonight, is oprah running in 2020? what her long-time partner stedman graham reportedly said overnight is ma overnight. it's making news tonight. good evening. and it's great to start another week with you. what's not great are the two storms hitting both coasts at this hour. there is real fear in california tonight about what could come in the hours ahead. and in the east, a deadly commute already. all of this as travel coast to coast is still trying to recover from the storm last week. that eastern storm starting in the midwest. cars sliding on icy roads in springfield, missouri. and look at this today. a 35-car pile yul on i-75 in north georgia today. and at jfk airport tonight, luggage still piled up from the storm. as i mentioned, in the west, people frantically filling sandbags at this hour, as the first major rainstorm in nearly a year breears down.
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hardly anything to keep those hillsides from coming down. we have it all covered tonight, and we begin with abc's david kerley on the dangerous commute. >> reporter: the frigid temperatures are tonight turning roads into rinks. one killed in a four-car crash this morning in georgia. and in tennessee -- >> boom! did he miss him? >> reporter: -- on an overpass, workers watch as cars bounce off barriers and other vehicles. the new storm moving to the east keeping a bitter cold grip on much of the country. already airlines are offering waivers for passengers hoping to avoid the deep freeze. those freezing cold temperatures burst a water pipe in the main international terminal sunday at jfk. three inches of water on the ground, capping four days of misery for passengers. >> nobody can tell me and nobody wants to give me an answer because they know they'll be wrong. >> reporter: lilly, hoping to travel friday, just boarded late today. there is a sea of bags here. matt stein arrived late friday, sat on the tarmac for nearly
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eight hours and just got his bag today. >> there are people who have been here for almost four days, who haven't slept, who haven't gone to a hotel and are just trying to find their luggage. >> reporter: while the pipe break was a problem, an aviation source tells abc news that many airlines tried to make up for lost flights during the weekend and run a regular schedule, some doubling arrivals. and there just weren't enough gaechts to handle it all. >> and gave kerley with us tonight. david, with this newest system hitting the northeast tonight. all of the airports are dealing with the ripple effect from the bomb cyclone that hit last week. >> reporter: it's making it very hard for these airlines to recover, david. half of all the cancellations today were at new york's three major airports. and the cold grip continues. >> david kerley leading us off tonight. david, thank you. as i mentioned, the first major winter storm striking fear in california this hour. thousands under mandatory evacuations. major rain and high winds
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expected tonight. and part of the reason there's so much concern is this right here. some of those same areas still recovering from the wildfires, the scorched earth, mudslides, nothing to keep the hillsides from coming apart. they fear a torrent of mud in the hours to come. let's get right to ginger zee tonight, she's tracking both storms. we're going to start in the east. >> reporter: freezing rain in patches, those ice rinks turn into roads, that could be happening at this hour.o take y jersey. over the suburbs around baltimore. that's where you see pink on the radar. that's a problem. this will move out in the next couple of hours. we can say good-bye and finally thaw out. a place like raleigh, north carolina, has gone 200 hours sub freezing. they finally did it today, but that smashed an old record back in 1982. and finally, david, you pointed this out. it's so important. one to one and a half inch rainfall rates per hour could cause debris flows and mudslides. and will effect travel. some of the wind gusts up to 70
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miles per hour. >> tracking it into the night. ginger, thank you. we turn now to the white house tonight. abc news confirming this evening that special counsel robert mueller will likely request an interview with what will his lawyers say now? here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: as the president traveled to nashville today to talk up his tax cut, a potentially major development in the russia investigation. abc news has confirmed that special counsel robert mueller met with the president's lawyers and told them he is likely to request an interview with the president himself. news of that december feefting was first reported by "the washington post." in the past, the president sounded almost eager to tell mueller his side of the story. would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of the events? >> 100%. >> reporter: so if robert mueller wanted to speak
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with you about that -- >> i'd be glad to tell you exactly what i just told you, jon. >> reporter: he was asked about it again just this weekend. >> if robert mueller asks you to come and speak with his committee personally, are you committed still to doing that? do you believe that's appropriate? >> yeah. just so you understand -- just so you understand, there's been no collusion. >> reporter: but sources familiar with the discussions tell abc news trump's lawyers are exploring options short of a formal interview, such as providing written answers to a questionnaire. it's not clear that would be sufficient for the special counsel. it comes as the president deals with fallout from the new book "fire and fury," which says some of the president's own top advisers question his sanity and his intelligence. the president tweeted over the weekend, "throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart," calling himself, quote, "genius and a very stable genius at that." >> i went to the best colleges for college.
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i had a situation where i was a very excellent student. >> reporter: the president angrily cut ties with one of the book's chief sources, former chief strategist steve bannon. >> that's why sloppy steve is now looking for a job. >> reporter: the book quotes bannon eviscerating members of the president's family, even suggesting the meeting donald trump jr. set up at trump tower with a russian lawyer said to have dirt on hillary clinton was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." bannon has now issued a partial mea culpa, writing, "donald trump jr. is both a patriot and a good man." but the white house isn't satisfied. a spokesperson telling reporters, "didn't believe there's any way back for mr. bannon at this point." >> all right, so, let's get to jon karl live at the white house tonight. and jon, as you reported there the president defending himself against stories about his mental fitness, tweeting he is a very stable genius. he's supposed to get a physical this week and the white house was asked if mental stability would be part of that examine. >> reporter: and the answer, david, is no. he is going to walter reed on friday for a physical examine,
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not, the white house says, a mental examine. and the doctor who will be examining him has been a white house presidential physician for more than a decade. the same doctor who examined both president obama and president bush. >> all right, jon karl at the white house. jon, welcome back. next, to the especially dangerous strain of flu, spreading across the country tonight. a major spike in new cases. the flu now spreading across 46 states. hospitalizations doubling in just a week. and in hard-hit california, they are setting up tents now in some places. and tonight, this question. how effective is the flu vaccine this year? and if you haven't received the shot yet, should you still get it. how quickly does it make a difference? abc's kayna whitworth from california. >> reporter: tonight, hospitals overflowing, incoming flu patients doubling in the last week alone. overcrowded hospitals forced to use tents. e.r. cases triaged in the hallway. >> we're so busy that paramedics
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are spending a good amount of time in this hallway. >> reporter: the outbreak deadly. 7-year-old cisco glavez died from the virus. his mother devastated. >> i never expected it, he was very healthy. >> reporter: in california, 27 people under the age of 65 have died since october, compared to just four last season. nationwide, over 41,000 cases reported. widespread flu activity spreading to all but four states in the last month. arkansas and texas, the hardest hit. >> this is, i would say, the worst flu season that i've seen. >> reporter: early reports estimated the flu vaccine as 10% effective against the deadliest strain. the cdc now estimates effectiveness at roughly 30%. >> all right, so, 30%. kayna whitworth with us live tonight from one of those overflow tents. as you just mentioned there, the vaccine may be 30% effective, but doctors are saying you should get it, not just for you, but the people around you. how soon does it actually kick
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in? >> reporter: david, every doctor i spoke with said you should absolutely get the flu shot and it's not too late. even though it takes a couple of weeks to kick in and be at full strength, it can lessen the severity. david? >> kayna whitworth with us tonight from california. we turn next here to high stakes talks set to begin between north and south korea. the first between the warring nations in two years. it was just last week here, we showed you this image. south korea firing up the hotline with the north. this comes amid nuclear tensions with the u.s. and north korea. abc's martha raddatz in seoul tonight for us. martha? >> reporter: david, the olympic games may be the focus of these talks, but this could be a dramatic step in improving relations between the north and south. the setting is historic, that truce village that straddles the heavily fortified border, and of course this comes amid the nuclear weapons standoff. kim jong-un likely just one or two tests away from having the ability to hit the u.s.
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president trump has applauded these talks, david, and said he would be willing to talk to kim if certain conditions are met. david? >> martha raddatz from seoul. martha, thank you. and back here at home now, and to the golden globe awards overnight, and that new movement, time's up. but it was oprah winfrey who was the star of the show last night, with her powerful and stirring speech and new questions about whether or not she'll run for president in 2020. what her long-time partner said overnight that began the headlines immediately. there was no hiding the headlines that have dominated the news for months on sexual harassment in hollywood and beyond. >> good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen. >> reporter: and throughout the night, moments of victory. for women and for the new campaign, time's up. >> nicole kidman, "big little lies." >> reporter: "big little lies," produced by reese witherspoon and nicole kidman, winning over and over again.
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>> wow, the power of women. >> reporter: but there were also the reminders of the progress yet to be made. natalie portman and ron howard introducing the nominees for best director. >> and here are the all-male nominees. >> reporter: and there was oprah winfrey. the first black woman to win s cecil b. demille lifetime achievement award. and she remembered watching the oscars in 1964. >> in 1964, i was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother's house in milwaukee, watching anne bancroft present the oscar for best actor at the 36th academy awards. she opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history. "the winner is sidney poitier." and i'd never seen a black man being celebrated like that. and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some
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little girls watching as i become the first black woman to be given this same award. >> reporter: oprah spoke of being inspired by the women who have felt strong enough to speak up. >> so, i want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. they're the women whose names we'll never know. for too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. but their time is up. their time is up. >> reporter: and during her speech, the hashtag going viral,
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#oprah2020. >> so, wait all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon. when nobody ever has to say "me too" again. thank you. >> reporter: the l.a. times overnight asking oprah's long-time partner stedman graham if she'll run for president. he said, "it's up to the people, she would absolutely do it." bloomberg said in a brief interview backstage, winfrey herself was told #oprah2020 was circulating on twitter, and asked whether she planned to run. "i don't. er don't," she said. and this is what she told her friend gayle king in october. >> 2020, i'm wondering if you've narrowed down your short list of v.p. candidates. >> she's lost her mind now. no, i haven't. >> no, no. >> it took me a minute to follow. >> 2020, i was thinking of the show. people ask it all the time. >> even i am now starting to
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think the rules changed about running for president. >> there will be no running for office of any kind for me. >> i like she was thinking of the show "20/20." she can come tell us any 250i78. the white house is weighing in on this. the deputy press secretary saying, quote, we welcome the challenge, whether it be oprah winfrey or anybody else. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the fire at trump tower. dozens of firefighters on the scene. we'll have the latest. also, the urgent manhunt right now for a suspect. the deputy killed responding to a 911 call. images from that scene tonight. and you met him here, nearly a decade ago. he was our "person of the week" back then. and he had one dream, he told you all about it at home. tonight, that dream has come true. you've got to see this.
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say a cop killer is on the loose. >> he's down. get it to everybody. >> copy, 484 is down. >> reporter: late last night, daniel mccartney was responding to reports of an intruder at a home south of seattle. >> the caller can hear glass breaking and people scream egg. >> reporter: when he arrived six minutes later, he chased two suspects who had taken off. investigators say one pulled a gu gun. you can hear mccartney on the radio. in the gun battle, one suspect was killed. the other got away. >> going to need fire priority. one officer down. >> reporter: fellow officers rushing mccartney to the hospital. he did not survive. >> took off after them. that's what our guys do. >> reporter: mccartney was a navy vet, married with three young boys. investigators have a description of his killer and say they are chasing leads. tonight, investigators are working with the fbi and the atf and even though it's barely a week old, so far this year, mccartney is the fourth law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.
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david? >> all right, sclclayton sandel thank you. when we come back here tonight, if you start moderate exercise right now, how quickly can you reverse damage to the heart? also, the championship battle tonight. amy robach is standing by for us tonight. and the fire at trump tower. news tonight on how it all news tonight on how it all started. you not only want a clean feeling every day, you want your denture to be stain free. did you know there's a specialty cleanser that's gentle enough for everyday use and cleans better than regular toothpaste? try polident cleanser. it has a four in one cleaning system that kills ten times more odor causing bacteria than regular toothpaste, deep cleans where brushing may miss, helps remove tough stains, and maintains the original color of your dentures when used daily. for a cleaner, fresher, brighter denture, use polident every day. yeah, i got some financialbody guidance a while ago. how'd that go? he kept spelling my name with an 'i' but it's bryan with a 'y.' yeah, since birth. that drives me crazy. yes. it's on all your email.
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and so is amy robach, and her hat gives away where she's from. amy? >> reporter: david, security is tight here in atlanta, as the georgia bulldogs face off against the alabama crimson tide. no player will be protesting the national anthem with president trump in the stands here tonight. both teams will be in their locker rooms when that song is plague as they normally do. as for the game itself, it is teacher versus pupil. georgia's kirby smart, hoping to end his former boss, alabama's nick saban's winning streak, 11-0 against his former coaching employees. and this georgia bull dog hopes he does. david? >> we'll see, amy. we'll all be watching. you can watch the national championship on espn tonight. when we come back, he was once our "person of the week." you met him nearly a decade ago, he had one dream. you've got to see this. nick was born to move. 3 toddlers won't stop him. and neither will lower back pain.
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he was just 10 when he was our "person of the week," he had one dream. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: in that mind-rattling sequence of jumps and spins, figure skater nathan chen, who's a contender for gold at the olympics next month, isn't chasing the field. >> i think nathan chen is ready for the olympics. >> reporter: the 18-year-old is chasing perfection. and long before becoming the first human to nail not one, not two, but an unheard of five quadruple jumps in a single program -- >> quad, so clean. >> reporter: -- nathan was already gunning for gold when we first met him in 2010. >> he has his sights on 2018. >> reporter: but then, nathan was already an accomplished
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pianist, a solid gymnast and ballet dancer, and a phenomenal skater. he was 10. >> which olympics are we going to see you in? >> 2018, i think. >> reporter: but olympic dreams started way before. >> i started skating in salt lake city during the 2002 olympics, really. >> reporter: you were 2. >> i was there. >> reporter: one thing hasn't changed since he was 10. the olympic dream. >> 10-year-old nathan chen, 4'5", 69 pounds, but watch out for him in 2018. >> we listened to diane then, and there's nathan now. we're rooting you on, nathan.
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oh, the rain is here in a huge way. look at live doppler 7, all that green, rain in every part of the bay area. this afternoon it's not just rain creating problems, it's going to make a mess of the evening commute. live look outside right now. bay bridge toll plaza on the left, and san rafael, where it's also obviously very wet and rainy, dangerous driving conditions there. good afternoon. thanks for joining us, i'm larry beil. >> and i'm dion lim in for ama daetz. it's been raining all day, making getting around downtown san francisco a complete mess. streets slick. in novato, steady downfall. few pedestrians shopping in commercial corridor this morning. >> drivers in north san jose had to deal with wet morning drive. needed working windshield wipers to get anywhere around the bay area. team coverage of the storm.
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wayne freedman in santa rosa, bracing for flooding in fire zones. >> laura anthony in east bay. but begin with spencer christian in the newsroom with the forecast. >> live doppler 7, rain is continuing to pour, wind is picking up and will be a treacherous commute. south bay along west heading and san jose, moore park avenue and stevens boulevard is wet, wet, wet everywhere. bouncing back over to the peninsula, pouring along burling a.m. and san mateo. sonoma is wet as well. continuing to pour into

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